Escarpment Vineyard Pinot Noir Martinborough 2017 - 750ml
93 Points Wine Enthusiast - Editors Choice
Winemaker Larry McKenna is known as the King of Pinot Noir in the Wairarapa-Martinborough region and this wine, as well as his single vineyards, clearly demonstrates why. Highly perfumed and spicy, it's a heady combo of bright red berries, greengage plums, cloves, cedar and a streak of minerality like morning sun warming stones. On the palate, tannins are powdery and fine, slinking around crunchy red berries. This is a tightrope walk of elegance and purity, delicacy and power.
Larry McKenna, director and winemaker, commonly known as ‘McPinot’ is a legend with a solid reputation for getting the best out of Pinot Noir. The soil around Escarpment is deep alluvial and the planting of vines is high density. High leaf to fruit ratio, combined with warm, dry summers, produce wines of exceptional power and style. Three of the Escarpment wines are listed amongst July 2012 Decanter Magazine’s Top 10 New Zealand Pinot Noirs.
An uncharacteristically cool summer created the distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit flavours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated.
The fruit was hand harvested, then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 12 hours then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 18 days. It has been aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 25% were new, for 11 months.
Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, this Pinot Noir is a tribute to Martinborough’s unique terroir. It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years
TA: 4.9 g/l
RS: <1.0 g/l
Total dry extract: 26.3 g/l
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